Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Michael Mukasey
Former Attorney General under President George W. Bush
KQED 07/17/2013
Mukasey: That is a hysterically inaccurate portrayal of what information is available to the government. What is available are two kinds of information. One is so-called metadata which is simply a pile of numbers, numbers called and times. They’re not associated with particular people and the only purpose of having that is to have a database against which to check suspicious numbers from abroad that are documented to belong to suspected terrorists under the supervision of a court. And to query that database. That database consists of millions and millions of numbers, that's all. And it -- in 2012 it was queried 300 times by the 15 people who are authorized to query it. That is a microscopic amount of use. Although an important amount of use.
Michael Mukasey
Former Attorney General under President George W. Bush
KQED 07/17/2013
Mukasey: So far as surveillance conducted abroad, our friends spy on us, and we spy on them. That is an open secret. And has been for years. And I seriously doubt that any of them would be either surprised or actually disturbed to hear it. And to say that the Russians and the Chinese would like to have access to these techniques is to prove my point. The Russians and the Chinese now do have access to them thanks to there having access to Mr. Snowden's computer whether he likes it or not because he was in China. The Chinese were perfectly capable of taking what was in his computers and I’m sure the Russians ready as well.
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